Dortmund coy over Aubameyang

20 January 2018 08:20:05 EST

Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger say there is no offer on the table from Arsenal for topscorer  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international was left out of the BVB matchday squad for the second game running when they travelled to Hertha Berlin on Friday night.

The 28-year-old's absence comes amid a period of intense speculation over the future of Aubameyang, who is wanted by Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said the striker would be a nice fit at the Emirates Stadium were he to make the move, prompting an angry response from the Borussia Dortmund hierarchy as they accused the Frenchman of being disrespectful.

Stoger has now revealed that he took the decision to leave Aubameyang, who has scored 13 times in 15 appearances this season, at home for the 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin due to a lack of focus.

The former Cologne boss has now played down the possibility of Aumbeyang leaving the club in January, insisting Arsenal have yet to register an official bid.

"There is nothing on the table, only hot air," said Stoger.

"We're planning with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and there's a way back into the team for him.

"He has time to show he wants it. If he gives everything next week, he'll be in the squad."

Friday's draw in Berlin leaves Dortmund 14 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and they are now 1/3 to finish in the top four.

Dortmund will hope to have Aubameyang back for next Saturday's game when they face relegation-threatened SC Freiburg to the Westfalenstadion.

BVB are 1/3 to pick up their first win since the winter break while Freiburg are 9/1 and the draw 4/1.

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